January 22, 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Among those gathering in the US Capital for the annual March for Life on Friday, January 19 will be Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, seminarians and laity from across the country.
At the request of His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Chair of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will lead the Orthodox delegation at the March. Other hierarchs slated to participate include His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York. Metropolitan Tikhon will offer the opening prayer at the pre-March program and will be joined on the stage by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York.
The theme of this year’s March is “Love Saves Lives.”
The March will begin at noon at Twelfth Street on the National Mall, between Madison and Jefferson Drives. Immediately following Metropolitan Tikhon’s opening prayer, Orthodox Christian marchers will gather at the “Orthodox Christians for Life” banner, which will be prominently displayed to the left of the stage at Constitution Avenue and Twelfth Street NW.
Prior to the March, at 9:00 a.m., Metropolitan Tikhon will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Great Feast of Theophany [OS] at DC’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral, to which all are invited.
General information on the March and the annual Rose Dinner—including details on making reservations—is available on the March for Life web site. The site also features a list of and information about nearly four dozen additional state and local marches in which Orthodox Christians unable to travel to DC are invited to participate.